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How is SMS 2.0 with patch management?

We are beginning deployment of SMS 2.0. Will this provide a good patch management system method for us, or should we look at another solution for our Windows 2000 and XP systems? For SMS 2003, will Microsoft add support to patch non-Windows platforms? Will SMS beyond 2003 integrate any management services that Microsoft is working on? What are your thoughts? Our training budget is not there. Do you recommend self-trained deployment guides to assist in our deployment efforts? Thanks for your help.
SMS 2.0 with the SUS Feature Pack provides the best patch management system for your environment. It combines the abilities of SUS with the rich feature-set of SMS 2.0. SMS 2003 will also use the same Feature Pack to keep your computers secure. Don't expect Microsoft to increase functionality for any platform other than Windows. Beyond reading Microsoft's documentation on the Feature Pack, you can generally get some great information from myITforum.com on patch management.

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Customers shouldn't have to pay for patching, MS says (Second of two parts. Click here to read part one.)

LAS VEGAS -- At the Microsoft Management Summit last week, Steve Anderson, Microsoft's director of Windows Server marketing, delivered some long-awaited details on the evolution of Software Update Services, which will now be known as Windows Update Services (WUS). In the second installment of a two-part interview, Anderson discussed why the beta for SUS 2.0 was delayed and how the free utility fits into Microsoft's overall patch management strategy.

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